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2020 Divisiveness and the Wilderness of Mirrors Down South

2020 Divisiveness and the Wilderness of Mirrors Down South
President Donald Trump points toward the crowd at the conclusion of a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at the Huntington Center on January 9, 2020 in Toledo, Ohio. President Trump won the swing state of Ohio in 2016 by eight points over his opponent Hillary Clinton. (Brittany Greeson/Getty Images)

By Friday, 10 January 2020 10:28 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Regardless of how well the U.S. is doing in economic, employment, and market terms, the people will have to endure a very divisive and ideologically charged electoral year. Liberal political zealots will wreak havoc on civil sensibilities. The Executive Branch will be consumed with a domestic political crisis. Unfortunately, and concurrently, the Latin American crisis is building up so much pressure that it could explode into a full continent-wide conflagration, very soon.

2020 is only a few days old, and we are already witnessing some huge geopolitical events that surely will keep the U.S. military, as well as the diplomatic and intelligence corps, very busy. However, as long as they understand and remember, especially the diplomatic corps, that under the Constitution, the President of the United States determines U.S. foreign policy, and the State Department and the officers of the Foreign Service carry out the president’s policies. The U.S. could be well on its way to fully restoring its power of deterrence and the hegemony it lost during the Obama Administration. Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” perfectly frames what could help the U.S. maintain its allies in the Western Hemisphere and deter its detractors from becoming aggressively and politically kinetic.

The recent violent protests in Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador — led and provoked by socialist militants — and the Mexican cartels’ relentless attack on U.S. National Security show the problems President Trump inherited. Furthermore, multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States have been secretively protective and even complicit in the rise to power of socialist regimes and leftist power figures throughout the Western Hemisphere. Is it then too difficult to assume that the entire impeachment case and preceding cases against President Trump are just part of a big smoke screen to prevent him from focusing on working an effective and constructive foreign policy towards Latin America and other regions? Could the legislative blockade to President Trump’s confirmation of new diplomats and State Department leadership positions be considered the Deep State playing its part as active members of the international left’s wilderness of mirrors down South? The crisis that will surely ensue in Latin America in the next months will tell.

It is impossible to ignore the pervasive disinformation campaigns coming from all over the world against the people of the U.S. These multi-prong, coordinated, and systematic attacks are aimed at creating divisiveness, aggression, and hate amongst the citizens of the United States. They are designed to create enough noise and magnify the differences between conservatives and liberals. Furthermore, these psychological operations increase the level of hostility, to the point of inciting violence. Violent attacks against conservative politicians, journalists, activists and/or supporters of President Trump have been downplayed and even condoned by many media outlets. To make matters worse, the calls for violence against conservatives and even for the assassination of the President of the United States, that have come from Democrat politicians, liberal personalities, or even actors and musicians, are quickly ignored by mainstream news media and applauded by suspiciously well-coordinated hives of trolls and users on social media.

Without a doubt, 2020 will be a tumultuous year for the American people, with such a divisive and ideologically charged election cycle ahead. For sure, an embarrassing lack of civility and respect in the political arena should be expected, as well as unfair and unjust media and social media campaigns to dishearten and silence the conservative silent majority. Moreover, it seems like there is a specific line of divisive rhetoric coming from liberal politicians, pundits, and celebrities aimed at causing confrontation between and amongst races and even amongst minorities. As a legal, Hispanic immigrant myself, I dare say that Democrats are overplaying their control over the Hispanic-Latino vote, and they are in for a rude awakening, especially with courageous, strong, charismatic, and capable Latino Republican congressional contenders such as Catalina Lauf, Justin Aguilera, and Anna Paulina Luna on the ballots.

There is a term in Spanish, “fiesta cívica,” that translates into “citizenry’s celebration” and it refers to the jubilant, patriotic feel of the people, when they are able and free to cast their vote for their preferred candidate. Unfortunately, this electoral year, it almost feels like a Cold Civil War between conservatives and liberals. As we get closer to November, the entire country will feel more like a new Gettysburg battleground, in which Americans will try to destroy each other. Let’s hope that the greatness of the country, that greatness that has allowed it to become a beacon of liberty and the country every immigrant wishes to go to, will inspire both politicians and voters to rise above the feral, self-destructive behavior they have been manipulated into performing.

Mario Duarte is the youngest and longest serving Secretary of Strategic Intelligence to hold office in Guatemala, as well as one of the youngest intelligence chiefs in the world. His professional credentials include more than 18 years of experience in the fields of intelligence, national security, consulting, and strategy development in several countries. Mr. Duarte earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston, MBA from Rice University, postgraduate degree from Ortega Gasset Institute-Spain, and completed his PhD studies in National Security at San Carlos University Guatemala. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mario_a_duarte. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Regardless of how well the U.S. is doing in economic, employment, and market terms, the people will have to endure a very divisive and ideologically charged electoral year.
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